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Weed out Moth Plant

Weed out Moth Plant

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27 Oct 21 Biosecurity News

Weed out Moth Plant

Moth Plant is one of the most problematic weeds of North Island kiwifruit orchards.

Growers should start the first round of control work now to avoid the need to pull masses of vines and pods out of shelter belts from late summer.

Seedlings will be establishing beneath shelter belts, ready to climb into trees before flowering and forming their distinctive seed pods in late summer. A skilfully used sharp hoe will kill emergent seedlings and is an effective organic control method. Alternatively, glyphosate at one part to 100 parts water is effective on emergent seedlings. Apply under low pressure ensuring no spray drift.

Moth Plant is poisonous – the milky white sap can cause dermatitis so wear gloves and protective clothing when handling it.

Click here for more information about identifying Moth Plant, or contact KVH or your regional council.


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